I'm using SPS for the first time tomorrow (terrified and excited!) and it just occurred to me that there is probably some special trick to disassembling the whole thing for cutting and serving. So, any tips? Do you lift the whole thing, legs and all off and then remove the cardboard round with the cake on it? Or remove the cake first and then pull out the SPS? I will have to leave instructions at the venue so I want to make it as clear as possible.
Well, I don't want to scare you but I had a serious complaint about diassembling a cake with sps. Granted, the MOB was cutting the cake but they told me later that, try as they might, they couldn't pull the damn plate/leg assembly free of the cake. I realized later the problem was probably related to the fact that I use IMBC and the cake was too cold in the middle/hadn't softened up enough to be able to pull the assembly out.
SO, if you use a meringue buttercream, make sure that the thing has been sitting out a good 5-6 hours at room temps to make sure it's soft enough to remove the sps. If you don't refrigerate then you'll be fine BUT definitely find the person cutting the cake and explain that the plate/leg assembly as a whole gets pulled out.
now I'm really scared! Did you tell them to take the cardboard round off the plastic round first? I'm also nervous about this whole system actually working and my tiers not sliding during transit. It just doesn't seem like that little notch is going to be able to keep a whole tier secure.
You'll love the system. The cake with cake board should be removed first and then the SPS...which does require a little muscle but it comes right out.
I also put some double stick tape on the SPS plate so that my cakes don't swivel around. Some people use carpet tape.
thanks for the vote of confidence. that makes me feel a little better. I'm just always nervous trying something new for the first time. I plan to use a bit of frosting to secure the boards to each other.
Oh yes, the system is super secure, no worries there. I did tell them to remove the cake/cardboard first, from the sps plates, they just couldn't pull the assembly out of the cake.
Like I said, no worries if the cake will be room temp, and/or you use a crusting bc.
IMBC/SMBC holds like cement when chilled!!!
Definitely take the cake and cardboard off first, then get a long thin knife under the board and pull up. the plate and leg assembly should come out in one piece.
It's quite secure. You'll be fine.